The theme for the group classes across Australia this fortnight was macro photography, focusing on interesting industrial details.
This theme really forced everyone to look at their environment in a different way, and to find all the intriguing details that can so often be overlooked by our lenses. This is a great style of photography to indulge in on a rainy day, by using bits and bobs from around your house as subjects. It's amazing what you can create with familiar objects!
All the photos that were entered in the competition can be viewed in the album on the Photoh Facebook page.
The finalists for this fortnight are:
Marnie Sullivan, Adelaide
The soft, neutral colour palette of this shot works so well with all the different textures going on. We love the fact that the focal point is slightly off centre, allowing the grains of wood to lead your eyes through the image.
Amanda Vesey, Brisbane
Great use of contrast and lighting in this monochrome shot! The composition is perfect as the circles seem to work your eye through the frame. It's great that the highlights pick up the texture of the metal too.
Craig Kerwin, Brisbane
Rust and decay of metals can produce some spectacular colours and textures, as shown here by Craig. His use of dramatic and contrasted lighting works perfectly, and really highlights all the texture of his subject. Great focusing too!
Lynn Dorothy Dwyer, Melbourne
The use of water droplets is a creative way to add interest and depth to a smooth, shiny material. It works particularly well here because Lynn has used directional lighting so that the droplets have a shadowy outline. Great image!
Fiona Childs, Perth
We love how mysterious this shot is! The dark tones paired against the glistening crystal work really well. Very well captured Fiona!
Nicola Robson, Sydney
Macro shots can sometimes verge on being almost abstract, and this shot by Nicola is a brilliant example. The simplicity of the composition and well-considered focal point create a stunning image.
Stuart Buechel, Sydney
We're not sure if Stuart had pre-planned this shot, but if he didn't then he's got a great eye! We love this composition with the iconic Opera House giving a nod to the photo's location in the background. The framing is great, being simple but visually effective.
Tracey Good, Sydney
Wow! What can we say? Tracey has absolutely nailed the focus in her shot, which is extremely tricky when working with macro lenses. The colours, lighting and framing all come together to create this beautiful capture of a very humble sewing needle and thread.
The winner this fortnight is...Tracey Good from Sydney! If her shot doesn't inspire you to pick up a macro lens and start photographing beautiful little details, then we're not sure what will!
Congratulations Tracey, you have won a $100 JB Hi-Fi voucher!
And in second place we have Craig Kerwin from Brisbane. His depiction of rust and decay is stunning, and shows great attention to detail where most people wouldn't take a second look.
Congratulations Craig, a $50 JB Hi-Fi voucher is yours!
The next photography challenge has a theme of Portraits in Dramatic Light. Shadows and harsh light can be used to create some really interesting shots of people. Think about side lighting, back light and areas of deep contrast. There are so many ways to get creative with this theme!
Time to enlist someone who's a willing model, and a range of lights!
Entries will open on Saturday the 22nd October and close on Thursday 3rd November at midnight AEST.
To enter, simply post your photo on the Photoh Facebook wall stating your city.
First prize is a $100 JB Hifi voucher and second prize is a $50 JB Hifi voucher.